Mia Hansen-Løve has recently emerged as a major director on the international scene with a set of empathic dramas. In her films, characters process sea changes in their lives with a patience and even-handedness absent from other works about similarly momentous life events. Hansen-Løve understands that most people’s lives move in inches, not miles. She knows how to glean significant insights about human response under duress by analyzing these small yet meaningful moments.
With the possible exception of Eden, her decades-spanning tale of a Llewyn Davis-like also-ran in the French garage music scene, Hansen-Løve’s Maya represents her most sprawling and weighty canvas to date. The film follows France journalist Gabriel Dahan (Roman Kolinka) after his release from Syrian captivity and his gradual drift back towards some semblance of normalcy. While Hansen-Løve avoids homecoming or PTSD clichés in charting Gabriel’s convalescence, she does stumble into a few other tropes of (particularly Western male) recovery once he leaves Europe behind.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
We’ve come to expect the best from Isabelle Huppert, but even by her own lofty standards she’s having one hell of a year. She has not one but two movies out later this fall, both of which have been collecting great reviews on the festival circuit. One is Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, the trailer for which we saw last month. The other is Mia Hansen-Løve‘s Things to Come, and we’ve got the trailer for you to enjoy right here.
The story concerns Nathalie, a philosophy teacher in late middle age who seems to have a perfectly nice life. Or so she thinks, until her husband of 25 years announces he’s leaving her for another woman. As her life falls apart, she begins to realize she feels truly free for the first time. Watch the Things to Come trailer below.
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we drop in and tune in to some cinematic shut-ins, watch the movie that is definitely NOT loosely based on Daft Punk, tell you lies tell you sweet little lies, wonder how far we’re going to go with the Second Amendment, get ourselves into a sweet high school, and take another lap around the track that are the conspiracy theories around the death of Kurt Cobain.
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we recover from a stroke, try to get our acting groove back, discover our pop techno roots in France, revisit a forgotten animated classic, and just throw ourselves against a wall to see what sticks.
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The Telluride Film Festival, a presentation of the National Film Preserve which takes place beginning tomorrow, Friday Sept 2 and runs through Monday Sept 5, is an unusual beast as far as film festivals go. The core film lineup is not announced until the day before the festival begins, so attendees have to commit to the fest without knowing any of the movies that will definitely play.
Now the first list of films is out, and it has some expected inclusions such as David Cronenberg‘s A Dangerous Method (trailer) and the Cannes fave The Artist (trailer). In addition there are some good surprises, such as Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender‘s reunion, Shame (pics), and the Dardenne Brothers‘ The Kid With a Bike.
More films will be announced at the last minute over the next couple days. One addition, for example, according to Kris Tapley, is Butter. Peter is arriving in Telluride later today so he’ll have coverage of the festival during the holiday weekend. Check out the announced lineup below. Read More »